Weekend Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Leads Biggest Memorial Day Box Office of All Time

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So far, 2013 has been a little light on winning weekends – even the phenomenal success of Iron Man 3 represented a decline from 2012 when The Avengers reigned. But the ridiculous bounty of big-time releases this holiday weekend has delivered a win over last year’s frame and set a new record for the biggest Memorial Day box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Fast & Furious 6 $98,528,000 $98.5
2.  The Hangover III $42,400,000 $54.2
3.  Star Trek Into Darkness $38,000,000 $146.8
4.  Epic $34,200,000 $34.2
5.  Iron Man 3 $19,424,000 $367.5
6.  The Great Gatsby 3D $13,705,000 $114.4
7.  Mud $1,980,000 $14.5
8.  42 $1,245,000 $91
9.  The Croods $1,215,000 $179.2
10.  Oblivion $815,000 $87.2

Chris Pine Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the Nature of the Villain, The Future of the Franchise, and More

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With Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, our partners at Omelete recently sat down with Chris Pine.  During the interview, he talked about his favorite thing about the franchise and what it means to him, where he thinks Star Trek should go next, the challenges of shooting the sequel, the friendship between Kirk and Spock relative to the relationships with his fellow actors, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Star Trek Into Darkness  also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve.  The film is now playing in IMAX 3D and in 2D and 3D.

Deleted Scene from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Features Benedict Cumberbatch Showering

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There’s been some controversy over a scene in Star Trek Into Darkness where Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) strips down to her underwear on screen for no reason.  Director J.J. Abrams recently went on Conan to explain his decision by saying that it was intended as a moment of levity in an action-packed scene.  He also said that we see Kirk (Chris Pine) naked from the waist up post-threesome with some alien babes.  Abrams doesn’t seem to quite get it that both scenes objectify women, but in terms of eye candy, Eve and Pine are both very attractive people.  However, if you want some more partial nudity, it turns out there was a deleted scene of Benedict Cumberbatch showering, and thus creating today’s most searched phrase on Google.  This is a real scene, not one made up by Conan.

Hit the jump to check out Cumberbatch’s “evil shower”.

Alice Eve Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Deleted Scenes, the Funniest Person On Set, Her First Reaction to the Script, COLD COMES THE NIGHT, and More

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With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Alice Eve.  During the interview, she talked about making the sequel, how things changed on set, who was the one who broke the most while filming, her reaction to reading the script for the first time, deleted scenes, and a lot more.  She also talked about working with Bryan Cranston on Cold Comes the Night.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Damon Lindelof Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Spoilers

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In the lead-up to Star Trek Into Darkness, co-writer Damon Lindelof said that the reason for the secrecy was “the audience needs to have the same experience that the crew is having. You’re Kirk, you’re Spock, you’re McCoy, so if they don’t know who the bad guy is going to be in the movie, then you shouldn’t know.”  Lindelof added that if people knew who the villain was before the movie opened, then it would have been a let-down when it was revealed in the movie.  Now that audiences have seen Star Trek Into Darkness, and opened the “mystery box”, there’s some curiosity about the spoilers that were so closely guarded throughout the film’s production and marketing campaign.

Hit the jump for what Lindelof had to say about the villain and more [obviously, there are spoilers ahead for people who haven't seen Star Trek Into Darkness].

THE COLLISION: Episode 45 – Franchise Directors and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

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This week on The Collision, we talk about franchises, auteur directors, journeyman directors, studio prerogatives, faithfulness to the franchise, and much more.  We also hope that Adam hasn’t been swept away in a tornado.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Marvel Phase Two, Shane Black, and Iron Man 3), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Leads the Box Office, IRON MAN 3 and THE GREAT GATSBY Continue with Strong Showings

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It’s no surprise that this week’s new entry, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, took the top spot.  With the exception of the bumped-off Oz the Great and Powerful, the rest of the top ten features the same contenders from last week.  Iron Man 3 continues its strong performance, followed by Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby.  Michael Bay’s modestly-budgeted Pain and Gain takes the fourth spot and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods makes a bit of a jump as the most family-friendly of films on the roster.

Title Weekend Total
1. Star Trek Into Darkness $70,555,500 $84.1
2. Iron Man 3 $35,182,000 $337.1
3. The Great Gatsby $23,415,000 $90.2
4. Pain and Gain $3,100,000 $46.6
5. The Croods $2,750,000 $176.8
6. 42 $2,730,000 $88.7
7. Oblivion $2,222,000 $85.5
8. Mud $2,160,000 $11.6
9. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $2,150,000 $7.9
10. The Big Wedding $1,100,000 $20.2


Hit the jump for more.

Pre-Order the Limited Edition STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and Get a Starfleet Phaser

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With the shortening window between theatrical and home video shrinking every year, it doesn’t surprise me Amazon has just started taking pre-orders on a limited edition Star Trek Into Darkness 3D combo pack that comes with a cool looking Starfleet Phaser.  If you’re not aware, the combo pack includes the 3D Blu-ray, the regular Blu-ray, the DVD, and a digital copy.  While Amazon doesn’t have a release date, I’m willing to bet it’s between the end of September and early November.

In addition, while Amazon is currently selling the set for $79.99 (20% off the $99.99 retail price) they have a great pre-order guarantee which says if the price ever drops “between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.”  So if they ever offer it for 40% off, you’ll get it for that price.  Hit the jump for images of the phaser, or click here to pre-order on Amazon.

John Cho Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the Future of HAROLD AND KUMAR, Working with Matthew Perry on GO ON, GET A JOB, and More

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With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with John Cho.  During the interview, he talked about making the sequel, how things changed on set, who was the one who broke the most while filming, his preparation process, did he take anything home from set, deleted scenes, and a lot more.  He also talked about the status of Harold and Kumar, Get a Job, working with Matthew Perry on Go On, Bryan Cranston, and working on the pilot for Sleepy Hollow.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

TOP 5: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Christopher Nolan and JAMES BOND 24 Rumors, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., New PACIFIC RIM Trailer, ROBOCOP Remake Set Photos and Video

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As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.

All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Friday Box Office: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Takes Top Spot; IRON MAN 3, THE GREAT GATSBY, 42 and OBLIVION Fill Out the Top Five

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No surprise here, but J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness looks to take the top box office spot before heading into the weekend.  Once expected to bring in a $100 million opening weekend, estimates are now hovering around the $70 million mark.  Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 was a distant second with almost $10 million.  Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby dropped off 61% from its opening weekend to grab $7.7 million this Friday.  Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi flick Oblivion rounded out the top five.

Title                     Friday                   Total
1. Star Trek Into Darkness



Iron Man 3



The Great Gatsby



4. 42



5. Oblivion



We’ll have full details and the weekend’s top ten when you check back tomorrow!

Karl Urban Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Reprising His Role, Working on the Practical Sets, IMAX 3D, Plus DREDD and ALMOST HUMAN

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With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Karl Urban.  During the interview, he talked about making the sequel, his reaction to reading the script, how things changed on set, who was the one who broke the most while filming, filming with IMAX cameras, the 3D, and more.  He also talked about the possibility of a Dredd sequel, his upcoming Fox TV show Almost Human, and The Loft.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Check Out Redacted Starfleet Memorandum on STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS’s John Harrison, Plus Character Featurettes for Bones, Sulu and Scotty

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With J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, now open stateside, new information on John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) has leaked in the form of a redacted Starfleet Memorandum.  For those who have seen the movie already, feel free to read along as there are probably spoilers present.  You should also check out Matt’s review of the film here.  And if spoilers don’t bother you, then you might also enjoy these new behind-the-scenes character featurettes that highlight Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho) and Scotty (Simon Pegg).

Also starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe SaldanaAlice Eve and Anton Yelchin, Star Trek Into Darkness is now playing in theaters.  Hit the jump to check out the John Harrison documents and character featurettes.

Damon Lindelof Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the Editing Process, Why They Changed the Order of the First Two Scenes, TREK 3, and More

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With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Damon Lindelof.  During the interview, the Into Darkness screenwriter/producer talked about making the sequel, the length of the first cut, deleted scenes, how the beginning of the film changed during the editing process, whether an extended cut of Into Darkness will be on the Blu-ray, when a third film could possibly get made, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.


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Star Trek is not iconography.  There are plenty of iconic moments, inside jokes, winks, nods, and more, but it all stems from an original story starring fleshed-out characters who answered the call of duty and the call of adventure in equal and enthusiastic measure.  Director J.J. Abrams only sees iconography, but it was enough to get him through 2009′s reboot.  The story was barely patched together, still filled with holes, and wrapped in coincidences, but Abrams’ talent as a director managed to bring the story and characters to life in a way that felt fresh and exciting.  Much like his take on Captain Kirk, it was slapdash, occasionally clever, frantic, and charming.  Unfortunately, a flashy smile and big set pieces can’t save Abrams a second time as his follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, amplifies the shortcomings of his original effort, and removes the joy as the picture stumbles around looking for character arcs, themes, and a compelling, well-constructed plot.  But its greatest embarrassment is in trying to steal classic Star Trek moments without having a clue as to why those moments had meaning.

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